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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Briefs India Media on BRF

Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata, held a press briefing at Hotel Oberoi Grand,West Bengal, India on 17 May 2017, during which he shared the details of the recently concluded Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) and explained the key messages contained in the speeches by President Xi Jinping during the BRF.

Mr Ma remarked that BRF was held in Beijing, China from 14 to 15 May 2017 and was a significant conference not only for China, but also for Asia and the whole world and would be remembered as a major event in the international relations in the 21st century. Mr Ma shared the vision of President Xi Jinping and said that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) represents the spirit of the ancient silk road, which features peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. Mr Ma indicated that this initiative emphasizes the achievement of synergy by combining the development strategies of different countries.

Mr Ma interacted with the media representatives, who had come in large numbers from regional and national newspapers, TV stations, radio stations and internet news channels. He answered a host of questions from the media, such on absence of Indian leaders from the BRF, the future prospects of BCIM and so on.On the question regarding CPEC, Mr Ma said that CPEC was agreed upon by the governments of the two countries for the benefit of the two sides and the relevant projects have already started, but it is not targeted against any third country. He also said that China’s position on the question of Kashmir is consistent and clear and CPEC development does not affect its position, and China believes that it is a dispute between India and Pakistan left from the past, and it is up to the two countries to sort it out through peaceful dialogue. He further added that the BRI is aimed at converging rather than overriding the existing plans like BCIM and Look East Policy.

Consul Li Suyun, Vice Consul Shi Lijun, Consular Attache Chen Ankai, and Ms Yashi Surana from the Consulate were also present at the event.

On 18 May 2017, the major newspapers, such as Times of India, Telegraph, Indian Express, The Statesman, all published reports on the above briefing at their national pages.




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